Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 7, 1974, Page 9

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 7, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Science holds answers Thi* Hunger specter can be fought By Norman Cousins FHOM ALL SI DKS come warnings that I ne human race may la* only a tow years away from a famine that could claim tens of millions of lives I he natural questions is: ('an anything be done to avert it9 Some fatalists contend that the onrushing disaster is already beyond rea< Ii and that the long-dreaded increase in population has already reached crisis proportions Here are the main particulars of their pessimism I India is already in a critical food-deficit condition, with floods in the northeast and drouths in the heartland 2. Flooding in Bangladesh has washed out crops and depleted the soil 3. Southeast Asia has been falling behind in per-capita rice production. 4 I he famine areas of Africa are spreading. The present relief missions are unable to keep up with the increase in starvation 5. No single factor in the world food shortage is as critically important as the availability of low-cost fertilizer. It takes approximately one ton of petroleum to make one ton of fertilizer. Hence, there is a direct connection between the world’s oil shortage and the world’s food shortage. fi The United States, on** of the world's largest suppliers of soybeans, may be forced to reduce its soybean crop because of the demand for increased grain. Taking all these somber factors into account, pessimists see little prospect cf preventing a famine of unprecedented dimensions within five years at the most. It is an insult to the human spirit and intelligence, however, to accept this verdict of grim inevitability. The real question is not whether we have the means to avert mass famine but whether we and other peoples are prepared now to give high priority to this purpose. We have proved we can sustain life on the moon We need not accept defeat in sustaining life on earth Does anyone doubt that if enough human beings mobilize to fight famine with the same energy and intensity they mobilize to fight war the starvation of 250 million people can be prevented? ‘At least the dumb animals prepare for a rainy day Norman Cousins Here are some of the things that a worldwide mobilization against hunger might do: 1. Kxpand and intensify research in “nitrogen fixation.” Various scientific laboratories throughout the world are now conducting research on means for fixing nitrogen in the soil. The most important such research is being carried out by scientists of the C. F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton. Ohio. If this research is successful, it will go a long way toward easing the world’s fertilizer shortage. Governments should assist to whatever extent may be necessary. 2. Wide-ranging experiments in “weather modification” now being carried out by U.S. military planners should be switched over entirely to weather control for agricultural purposes. Whatever military “secrets” may now exist for preventing protracted dry spells or excessively heavy rainfall should be shared with world scientists and made the basis for dramatic longterm planning in order to avert famine conditions. 3 There needs to be greater pooling of information for increasing the per-capita production of relatively small farms. All these efforts, of course, should be worldwide in nature. A world food authority should bt' empowered to carry out a mobilization against famine. The United Nations has been able to develop a world environmental agency for halting the poisoning of the world’s oceans and air shed. There is no reason why a similar agency should not be created in order to meet the agricultural crisis now confronting the human race. There is no point in minimizing the difficulties in the way of such a program. But neither ought we to minimize the human capacity for achieving the seemingly impossible whenever the moral imagination is fully engaged. Los Angeles Times SyndicateOpinion Page 2 Views Ideas    Insights Judgments    Comments Odar Rapids Gazette: Sun , July 7, 1974    9/^Bad guys turn good Overtampering with history By Jenkin Lloyd Jones IT IS TIME to raise the question whether some of our mass media. in their zeal to cure us of delusions of the past, are not producing delusions of the present. James Thurber. in “Fables for Our Time", told of the bear who used to get drunk, stagger home, knock over the furniture and scare the wife and children half to death. Then he got religion, became a health and sobriety evangelist and did violent calisthenics that knocked over the furniture and scared the wife and children half to death. Thurber’s moral was that overcompensation gets us nowhere. Thus it was that I gazed pensively on June ll to a two-hour television drama concerning how in December. 1945, a vicious IL S. military court in Manila, under the distant goading of Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo, kangarooed poor Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita and hanged him It was a pretty weepy drama in which the brave, forthright and gentle Yamashita. fiercely defended by the ti. S military officers who risked their careers for justice, was thrown to the lions of hate. Damn the IL S. army! Personally, I may have had some advantage over Norman Corwin, the writer of this epic For I have visited the military cemetery in Singapore and noted on the simple gravestones of hundreds of British soldiers that most succumbed four to five months after their capture by Yamashita. then called the Tiger of Malaya Four to five months gave a calculated plan of slow starvation a chance to work While underlings like the notorious Colonel Tsuji may have been responsible for tlw chief atrocities in Singapore, we have the statement by General Suzuki that he pled with Yamashita to punish these actions but that the latter “feigned ignorance.” True, the Americans didn’t try Yamashita for Singapore but for incidents occurring while he was Japanese commander-in-chief in the Philippines. Rapes and murders by Japanese naval personnel were the chief complaint, and Yamashita pled that while he had nominal command he had little control Of course, we wouldn’t hang him today The war has faded Tempers have cooled. Many of Yamashita’s accusers have died of old age But to lead the young American TV-viewing audience into the belief that Yamashita wore a white hat and Douglas MacArthur a black one requires a pretty heavy dollop of New Think In my youth there were no such things as good Indians. Cheap literature, Wild West tent shows and the early movies depicted all Indians as cruel and treacherous, and we moppets in the popcorn gallery cheered as they bit the dust A IiLm*!? Certainly. But now there an* no bad Indians. The (hic of the times has put the black hats on the Seventh Cavalry. Young Americans are being taught that when Indians fought they fought only defensively The seatings, massacres, kid-napings and tortures have been effectively plowed under. I have been reading the military correspondence of Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne written on bis ill-fated expedition that ended iii the surrender at Saratoga in 1777 Jenkm Lloyd Jones Burgoyne lamented to London how the Iroquois moved into his camp arrogantly demanding whisky. He recounts that when he sought to punish individual Indians for atrocities such as the murder of Jane McCrea the tribesmen threatened to desert. Said Burgoyne “I would rather lose every Indian than connive at their enormities.” After his exchange, Burgoyne told the house of commons: "The Indian principle of war is at once odious and unavailing and if encouraged, I will venture to pronounce, its consequences will Im* severely repented by the present age and universally abhorred by posterity.” The function of a historian is to perfect history. History written in later years should bo better than journalism dealing with the near past, for in the passage of time, perspective should set in Documents from both sides are available. The testimony is more reasoned and complete. But I am wondering if what our children are getting in some of these new assessments of American history, particularly rn the movies and on the tube, is not only not perfection but actually a reverse twist As in the case of the reformed bear, the furniture is still being knocked over And the net effect of much of this rewriting is to diminish American heroes, exalt their enemies and to peddle the idea that much of what we have proudly hailed was really that for which we should have felt guilt and shame lf this keeps on long enough, we may come up with a whole generation which decides that such a lousy country isn’t worth defending And guess who would love that? Oenefoi ( eo*ure% CorooraOon illians ONE \ DAY ONLY! 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  • James Thurber
  • Jane Mccrea
  • Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • Johnny Burgoyne
  • Norman Corwin
  • Simmons Maxipedic
  • Tomoyuki Yamashita

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 7, 1974

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